Which is Better: Taking a Shower in the Morning or at Night?

Are you a person that likes to get up earlier to take a shower before the day begins? Or do you prefer going to bed after a shower and feeling clean as you sleep? Showering at night can cut your early morning routine in half, but a morning shower can wake you up for the day ahead. Some people are adamant that one is better than the other, but is this really true?

Morning Showers

If you take a shower in the morning, you can wash the sleep away and feel fresher. As we sleep, a crust of sleep is built up around our eyes, and we perspire. This can leave us feeling crusty and smelly when we are about to start our day. That’s not to mention the phenomena known as “bed head” where it’s almost impossible to get your hair under control. Some people take a “Scottish shower” where they have the water as hot as they can stand it as they wash, and then they turn the water to cold to rinse off. This is a fantastic way to get the blood pumping and really wake yourself up for the coming day.

Nightime Showers

As we go about our day we inevitably perspire, we pick up contact germs from a wide variety of surfaces, and this can leave us feeling dirty when we get home. When you feel dirty, it can be harder to relax and slipping into bed means that you’re taking all that dirt and those germs into your bed with you. For this reason, many people take a shower at least 90 minutes before they are ready for bed. This relaxes the muscles and helps them fall quickly into a deeper sleep.

So Which is Best?

Despite the protestations of proponents of each showering time, there are no studies proving that one is better than the other. But, there is one factor that many people seem to overlook, and that is perspiration. The accumulation of sweat on the skin throughout the nighttime and daytime hours means that showering in the morning is better. After all, a person is sleeping all night; they will perspire and then get up and leave the home covered in their nighttime germs and sweat. This is a good way to develop body odor problems that can affect your daily interactions.

Why Not Both?

For people that want to stay clean as much as possible, it’s probably better to simple shower at both times. If you have the time and inclination showering twice per day is certainly the best way to deal with perspiration, germs, feeling fresher in the morning and being more relaxed at night. A shower doesn’t have to be a long drawn out affair and a quick 5 minutes under the water is enough to get clean. Many people take a quick shower in the morning when they have less time and a longer more relaxing shower at night. For the best showering experience, you need good water pressure and control over the temperature of your water. If you’re having any problems with your shower contact a local certified plumber for expert help and advice.

By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solution.